Serbian security services, army on alert over migrant crisis

The Serbian army, police and all security and intelligence services are on the alert and it has been recommended to President Tomislav Nikolic to convene the National Security Council to respond to the increasingly complicated migrant crisis in the region, it was said on Wednesday.

Their task is to protect Serbia's borders, Justice Minister Nikola Selakovic told B92 after an extraordinary session of the office for the coordination of security services. He dismissed speculation about the possible erection of fences along the borders, saying "Serbia won't do that."

Warning that more and more economic migrants appeared on the borders along the Balkan route, he said Serbia would continue to to treat all refugees and migrants "humanely, but will also protect itself and its interests."

The session of the office for the coordination of security services was convened by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic over blockades on the borders along the Balkan migrant route, as a result of which many migrants are waiting at border crossings.

Media in the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina reported about kilometres-long queues of vehicles near the Hungarian border crossing Horgos and Croatia's Bajakovo because Hungarian and Croatian police stepped up control to stop illegal migrants.

Last update: Thu, 25/02/2016 - 11:03
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